“I think it’s time the fans invested a little something into this team,” team President Chuck Armstrong says. “I mean, they’re the one’s who want one of these high-priced players so bad, maybe they should pony up.”
Kickstarter is a fundraising platform for “creative projects.” It allows people all over the world to donate money to a specific cause or goal. The Mariners are looking for $15 million to sign a major free agent this off-season.
The Mariners payroll has decreased for the past 5 consecutive season. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2001.
“It’s actually really cool for anyone who wants to donate to the cause,” Armstrong says. “There’s little prizes for every level of donation. ”
Part of Kickstarter is to offer incentives to those who donate at certain levels. Here’s what the Mariners are offering.
Pledge of $10 or more…
“We don’t need the Sonics back” bumper sticker
Pledge of $25 or more…
“2009, The Mild Ride” DVD.
Pledge of $50 or more…
Autographed Richie Sexson double-play ball
Pledge of $75 or more…
Long-time Mariners trainer Rick Griffin will personally stretch you before one of your workouts.
Pledge of $100 or more…
Limited edition “Mariners Bobblehead Bobblehead” A bobblehead commemorating past Mariners bobbleheads.
Pledge of $150 or more
Rick Rizzs will call the birth of your first-born child.